A Tropical Wildlife Quest in Search of Orangutans, Endangered Sea Turtles & More!
In the emerald depths of the world's tallest rain forest on the island of Borneo, life flourishes. The dense canopy shelters plentiful wildlife that leaps, darts and crawls among the leafy trees that fringe jungle rivers and waterfalls. Endangered orangutans thrive in the lush vegetation, sharing branches and vines with leaf monkeys, wild gibbons, flying lemurs and more than 300 vibrant bird species. Rare proboscis monkeys are at home in coastal mangroves where hornbills and sea eagles soar above. In the forest beneath Mt. Kinabalu’s prominent peaks, elusive pygmy elephants lumber through the underbrush while monitor lizards sunbathe on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Tropical wildlife thrives in the exotic wilds of Borneo, and we go in search of it on this peerless adventure quest.
Observe orangutans as they live and move freely in their natural rain forest habitat at two different orangutan rehabilitation centers, Semenggoh and Sepilok
Watch endangered green sea turtles swim ashore to lay their eggs on Selingan Turtle Island, and witness tiny hatchlings as they are released into the sea
On canopy walkways in Danum Valley, look for monkeys, gibbons and clouded leopards, and see the world's largest limestone caves in Gunung Mulu National Park
See More of Borneo's Natural Wonders When You Travel With NHA
From watching free-ranging orangutans in their natural jungle habitat to scouting for pygmy elephants swimming in the Kinabatangan River, you'll experience the most diverse and wildlife-centric Borneo itinerary on offer! Our multifaceted journey includes searching for a wide array of species and observing a fascinating mix of local cultures. And our special relationship with WWF ensures that you'll be helping to conserve the wild animals you will see.
More Diverse Wildlife Viewing in Widely Varied Settings We make forays into an array of ecosystems including the jungle sanctuaries of Sepilok Nature Reserve and Semenggoh, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, limestone caves in Gunung Mulu National Park, mangroves in Bako National Park, the marine environs of Selingan Turtle Island, and virgin rain forest in the Danum Valley. In these varied locales, you'll search for endangered orangutan, Bornean bearded pigs, smooth-coated otters, long- and pig-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, proboscis monkeys, rhinoceros hornbills, silvered leaf monkeys and numerous tropical bird species...to name just a few of the species you may see!
Our Small Group Ensures More Personal Nature Encounters Natural Habitat Adventures is well known for keeping its groups small. In Borneo, as anywhere, authentic nature encounters must be intimate undertakings. Our small group—limited to just 10 travelers—also allows us to make sure that your needs, expectations and desires can be best met.
We Include Visits to TWO Orangutan Sanctuaries A chance to see orangutans is likely a big reason you're coming to Borneo. So we maximize your opportunities with visits to two different locations where you can observe these charismatic great apes: Sepilok Nature Reserve and, new for 2017, Semenggoh. Semenggoh focuses on the study of orangutan biology and behavior while providing a safe and natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orangutans that are graduates of its original rehabilitation program.
A Rare Chance to See Green Sea Turtle Hatchlings Scurry to the Sea A unique feature of this trip is the evening we spend on Selingan Turtle Island, a protected habitat for endangered green sea turtles. Here, we expect to observe these pelagic reptiles coming ashore to lay their eggs, then watch in wonder as tiny hatchlings emerge and hurry back over the beach seeking the clear waters of the Sulu Sea.
From Riverside to Rain Forest, Our Lodgings Get Your Closer to Borneo's Wildlife Our accommodations are carefully selected for their quality, atmosphere and location within the tropical wilderness. Unlike other tour operators that may utilize large and impersonal lodges, or city hotels as a base for day trips, we stay as close as possible to nature, in the most authentic and hospitable settings. From our nature resort near an orangutan sanctuary to an island cabin near nesting green sea turtles, you'll be surrounded by wild Borneo at every turn.
Travel with a Highly Experienced Expedition Leader and Top Local Guides Our NHA Expedition Leaders are natural history experts, with an average 15 years of guiding experience. In addition, they receive special training provided by WWF’s top scientists. With WWF’s resources at their fingertips—and assisted by Borneo’s best local guides during each unique segment of our tour—your trip is sure to be a journey of enlightenment! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures You’ll Have an Outstanding Trip With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100 percent carbon-offset. NHA is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and we're continually aiming for new ways to raise the bar on sustainable practices.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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